Category Archives: reptiles

Turtle rescue

by Greg Mayer Midland painted turtles (Chrysemy picta marginata) are the most abundant turtles in southeastern Wisconsin, and they live in and nest around Greenquist Pond, the pond right outside the building where my office is. Hatchlings don’t always walk the right way from their wintering abodes, and need help if they are to survive. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send in your good wildlife photos, please. I could use some more, just to keep my supply topped up. First we have some birds from reader Christopher Moss. His notes: When I put out the feeders this morning there was an American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) climbing in his feeder before it was […]

Ten year old girl gets pet gopher tortoise, and they’re still BFFs 57 years later

A woman and her tortoise: faithful friends for, yes, 57 years.  The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a denizen of the southeastern U.S., and is famous for being long-lived: they can live 40-60 years in the wild and up to 90 in captivity the video says 100). It looks like George, then, might outlive his owner […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some reptile, bird, insect, and amphibian photos from reader, physicist, and origami artist Robert Lang. They were taken on a trip to Panama, where he was invited to lecture on origami. Robert’s notes are indented. We’ll start with the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). It prefers salinity, but they are fairly common throughout […]

Here’s the lizard!

Did you spot the Anolis lizard in the earlier post? If not, here it is, circled. It’s head down with its tail straight up. Enlarge the photo if you want to see more.

Spot the lizard!

Reader Kurt Helf said that he’s in Jamaica now and “loving the birds and lizards I’m seeing.” Speaking of seeing lizards, Kurt sent this photo and asked readers to spot the lizard. Can you see it? Answer at 1:15 p.m. Chicago time. It’s in the genus Anolis, but I doubt that will help you.  Click […]

Reader’s wildlife videos

We haven’t heard from Tara Tanaka in a while, as she’s been traveling and off the grid. But I found that she’s posted several wonderful wildlife videos, three of which I reproduce here (along with her notes, which I’ve indented) with her permission. The first two videos are orchestrated with classical music. Tara’s Vimeo site […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson is back with some photos from California; his notes are indented. Here are some photos from a recent trip up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes, north of San Francisco.  I’ve fleshed them out with some shots from earlier trips to the same area.  A second set will follow shortly. There were big […]

Giant isopods on the sea floor rip apart an alligator carcass!

Reader J. J. sent me a link to the fascinating video below along with the commentary below, which, along with the video, tells you all you need to know. I’ll add, though, that this euthanized gator was placed ten miles off the coast of Louisiana and 1.25 miles down on the sea bed. And I […]

Saturday duck report

Honey hasn’t shown up at the pond for 2.5 days, but I suspect she’s off incubating her eggs. Meanwhile, her mate Gregory Peck (aka Mallard Fillmore aka Dr. Quackenstein) spends most of his day swimming around and around the pond, often quacking. He rarely rests, and will eat only a bit when I feed him. […]